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Fabrication, fun and fireworks…

Saga Sapphire blog - Captains' blogs

28th November, 2011

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Hello again, it’s me with an update of the progress onboard Saga Sapphire.

Over the last few days we were busy receiving yet more contractors onboard. My wife, Lyn, is with me, taking care of the crew and contractor’s logistics and making sure we can accommodate everybody onboard whilst the work is ongoing. We now have many Italian contractors onboard and my language skills are improving daily - or at least I think they are.

The main work this week is the cutting of the ship’s side to create the new balcony cabins on deck 8. There will be 23 on each side and it’s quite an amazing process to witness.

Firstly the cabins have to be stripped of all furniture and bulkheads (nautical term for walls) and then comes the actual cutting of the steel itself. This provided us with our own fireworks. We had to clear the cabins each day and the Fincantieri contractors removed the bulkheads to create a corridor through all 23 cabins to speed up the cutting process.

Cutting out new balcony cabins

The next step is to smooth out the rough holes in the ship’s side - these are currently providing us with natural air conditioning. The balcony doors are being fabricated in Italy and will arrive within the next couple of months. I am sure you will follow their development with interest, especially those of you who may have already booked one of those cabins.

So what are the crew doing, you may wonder, if the yard is taking care of most of the work?

Chief engineer, Len, and his team have a lot to do, including cleaning and repairing the engine room, as well as getting to know the new system. He has sailed almost the entire year on and off the ship when she was under the previous owner to make sure that he knows the ship as well as possible.

Homemade fireworks

I also visited the vessel on several occasions throughout the year to fully appreciate her potential and understand how, and where, our changes to the public areas would take shape.

Our crew members who are usually waiters and cabins stewards are helping with some of the heavy lifting work, and of course we need our laundry men, plumbers, electricians and cooks to do their usual jobs.

It is a great ship, very spacious and I know you will all love it. In my next blog I shall explain what is going on in all the public areas and try to keep you updated with photographs along the way.
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I must go now as uncle Albert needs me at the gangway to speak to some Italians. Who is uncle Albert you may ask? It is Rob Payne, our security officer, as every sentence starts with "during the war…"

Ciao for now.

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